The 8th Ed. of the Smart Materials and Surfaces - SMS 2023 Conference

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Robert J Young

University of Manchester, UK

Professor Young was educated at the University of Cambridge and became Professor of Polymer Science and Technology in Manchester in 1986. He was the founding Head of the School of Materials in the newly-formed University of Manchester in 2004, which is now the largest university materials department in the UK and the focus of major UK materials research initiatives. He is a Fellow of Royal Society (2013), Royal Academy of Engineering (2006) and Academy of Europe (2015). His main research interest is the relationships between structure and properties in polymers and composites. He has introduced of a number of revolutionary techniques that have given a completely new insight into the micromechanics of deformation in fibres and composites. In particular, he has pioneered the use of Raman spectroscopy for the analysis of deformation processes that take place at the molecular level. Over recent years he has extended this approach to the mechanics of deformation of graphene and other 2D materials in nanocomposites. His contribution in research has been recognised through numerous invitations to give Plenary and Keynote lectures at International Conferences and through the awards of the Griffith Medal (2002), Leslie Holliday Prize (2011), Swinburne Medal and Prize (2012) and Platinum Medal (2019) from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.


Prof. Tito Trindade

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Tito Trindade is a Full Professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and in the CICECO-Aveiro Materials Institute. He has contributed to pioneering research on semiconductor nanomaterials, with current research interests spanning the synthesis, surface modification, properties and impact of diverse nanoparticles. These systems include semiconductors, glasses, metals, metal oxides, and derived nanocomposites. His research group (nanoLAB@UA) has developed a special expertise in surface chemistry methods applied to colloidal nanoparticles, which have the potential for environmental, energy, and medical applications. Other research interests include inorganic-organic hybrid materials and pigments. Tito Trindade has been appointed to various positions, including Director of the Department of Chemistry (U. Aveiro, 2015-2019), President of the Inorganic Chemistry Division (Portuguese Chemical Society, 2007-2009), and first Director of the Doctoral Program in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (U. Aveiro, until 2016). He is committed to diverse pedagogical and scientific dissemination activities, namely by lecturing topics on Nanochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Pigments, and Physical-Chemistry.


Prof. Jannick Rumeau

University of Lyon, France

Prof. Jannick Duchet-Rumeau got a PhD diploma of University of Lyon in 1996 focused on modelling of the interface in a polyethylene/glass system tuned by the grafting connecting chains to improve the adhesion properties. She had a post PhD position in Louvain La Neuve (Belgium) where she worked on polymer nanotubes. In 1998, she got a full professor position in 2010 in the laboratory ‘Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères’ UMR CNRS #5223. Her research topics are related to nanocomposites materials, mesoporous materials, nanomaterials from Ionic Liquids (Head of GDR LIPS and tailoring of interfaces/interphases in the heterogeneous materials.


Prof. Jean-François Gérard

Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France

Prof. Jean-François GERARD got his PhD diploma in Polymer Science in 1985 from researches dedicated to syntheses of zwitterionic polyurethanes from sulfobetainic diols for self-emulsifying systems. He joined in 1986 CNRS as permanent scientist and his expertise deals with interfaces in polymer-based materials and nanostructured polymers. He is author of about 240 papers in international journals and 110 invited lectures in international conferences. He acts also as vice-president of the European Center for Nanostructured Polymers) and President of the European Polymer Federation.


Prof. Riccarda Antiochia

University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy

Riccarda Antiochia is Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). She received a MSc degree in Chemistry with honors in 1992 and a MSc degree in Pharmacy with honors in 2009 both at Sapienza University of Rome. In 1994 received the Diploma of Imperial College at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London and in 1996 received a Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences at Sapienza University of Rome. She was awarded of the national scientific qualifications as Full Professor for the scientific sectors CHIM/01, Analytical Chemistry, in 2018, and MED/46, Applied Medical Technologies, in 2019.

She is a Member of the Steering Committee of CNIS, Research Center for Biotechnology applied to Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome from 2011. She is author of 90 papers on international peer-reviewed scientific journals, 3 book chapters and 1 monography.

Her scientific activity is focused on the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology and analytical chemistry. The main area of research is the design, development and application of electrochemical biosensors for biomedical, food and environmental analysis. More recently, she is involved in the characterization of new nanostructured materials for electrode modification in second- and third-generation electrochemical biosensors, biofuel cells and microneedles-based biosensors development.


Prof. Vladimir Falko

Manchester University - United Kingdom

Prof. Vladimir Fal’ko is condensed matter theorist responsible for several advances in the theory of electronic and optical properties of atomically thin two-dimensional crystals and fundamentals of nanoelectronics. His current research interests include graphene-based electronic and optoelectronic systems and electronic and optical properties of various atomically thin two-dimensional crystals and their heterostructures. He is one of the initiators of the European Graphene Flagship Project, founder of Graphene Week Conference series and Editor-in-Chief of the IoP Journal ‘2D Materials’.  Falko is currently Director of the National Graphene Institute and Professor of Condensed Matter Theory at the University of Manchester.


Prof. Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic is a Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland. She is co-Director of the Centre for Innovative Materials for Health at The University of Auckland and a Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Her research interests are in the areas of biosensors and organic electronic materials for bioelectronics.

Professor Travas-Sejdic has authored over 330 publications, including 11 book and encyclopaedia chapters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi (2017), a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2009), she received Early Career Research Excellence Award (2005), Easterfield Medal (2006), Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize for Chemical Sciences (2017), Shorland Medal (2018) and Hector Medal (2019). She has been a Councillor of the Pacific Polymer Federation since 2009.


Prof. Nuno C. Santos

iMM Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Nuno C. Santos was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1972. He graduated in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, in 1995, and received his PhD in Theoretical and Experimental Biochemistry in 1999 from the same University, although all the experimental work was conducted at Instituto Superior Técnico (Technical University of Lisbon) and University of California (Santa Barbara). Currently, he is Associate Professor with Habilitation of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, and Head of the Biomembranes & Nanomedicine Unit at the Institute of Molecular Medicine (iMM). Among other distinctions, his research work was awarded with the Gulbenkian Prize for young researchers (2001), Dr. José Luis Champalimaud Prize – Basic Research (2004), Dr. José Luis Champalimaud Prize – Applied Research and Technology (2005) and the ULisboa – Caixa Geral de Depósitos Prize (2017). He is (co)author of 170 articles in per-reviewed international journals, which received more than 8300 citations (h-index 49 and i10-index 131, publishing since 1996), presenting a Journal Citation Reports impact factor sum of 876.1 (average 5.2 per article). In addition to these publications, he (co)authored 10 articles in Portuguese scientific journals, 15 book chapters (mostly published outside Portugal, in English), 3 books (editor, published by Wiley, Springer and MDPI) and 2 international patents. Among different National and International research projects, he was the coordinator of a consortium funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7), including 10 different research groups from Europe and Brazil. He is member of the Executive Committee of the European Biophysical Societies’ Association (EBSA) since 2019, and the Director of the M2B-PhD Doctoral Program in Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (involving 5 different institutions) since 2016. He was President of the Portuguese Biophysical Society from 2015 to 2021. He has supervised 11 completed PhDs, 8 as main supervisor and 3 as co-supervisor.


Prof. Liviu Movileanu

Syracuse University, USA

Liviu Movileanu is now a Professor of Physics at Syracuse University, Departments of Physics and Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. His expertise areas include single-molecule and membrane biophysics, chemical and synthetic biology, biosensors, and functional biomaterials. Liviu Movileanu is also affiliated with the BioInspired Institute, Syracuse, New York. Currently, his research group is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


Prof. Rosaria Rinaldi

University of Salento, Italy

Professor Rosaria Rinaldi is currently Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Mathematics and Physics “E. De Giorgi” of University of Salento, and she is a member of the Academic University Senate. Since 2019 she is Member of the Ministry of University and Research (MUR) Evaluation Committee for Flag Projects and Interest Projects to be implemented by public research institutions. Prof. Rinaldi is currently in charge of the research center in "Nanomedicine, Nanobioelectronics and Nanobiotechnology", at University of Salento. In 2005 R.R. was awarded the medal of "Le Scienze" and the medal of the President of the Republic (Carlo Azeglio Ciampi) for research carried out in the field of Nanobiotechnology. Since 2010, she was head of the Natural Sciences Area of and vice-director of University excellence school ISUFI till 2020. In 2015 she was visiting professor, winning an international selection for the "Eleonore Trefftz" chair, at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. She was the coordinator of the doctoral school in Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technologies and Nanoscience at S.S. ISUFI and the coordinator of the doctoral school in Physics and Nanoscience, till 2020. She won the "ITWIIN-High Education" award (2016) and was one of the finalists for the 2017 EuWIIN “European Women Inventors and Innovators Network” contest prize. R.R. has coordinated or been a partner in more than 30 scientific projects at regional, national and EU level, in the last 15 years. R.R. is author and co-author of about 310 papers published in international scientific journals,13 monographs and book chapters, and 12 patents (H-index:40).


Prof. Mohd Sapuan Salit

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

R.A. Ilyas is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia. He is also a Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), Sweden, Fellow of International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS), Japan, a member of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), UK. He received his Diploma in Forestry at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu Campus (UPMKB), Sarawak, Malaysia from Mei 2009 to April 2012. In 2012, he was awarded the Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship to pursue his Bachelor's Degree (BSc) in Chemical Engineering at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Upon completing his BSc. programme in 2016, he was again awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) by the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) to undertake a Ph.D. degree in the field of Biocomposite Technology & Design at the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP) UPM. R.A. Ilyas was the recipient of the MVP Doctor of Philosophy Gold Medal Award UPM 2019, for Best Ph.D. Thesis and Top Student Award, INTROP, UPM. He was awarded with Outstanding Reviewer by Carbohydrate Polymers, Elsevier United Kingdom, Top Cited Article 2020-2021 Journal Polymer Composite, Wiley, 2022, and Best Paper Award at various International Conferences. R.A. Ilyas also was listed and awarded Among World’s Top 2% Scientist (Subject-Wise) Citation Impact during the Single Calendar Year 2019, 2020, and 2021 by Stanford University, US, PERINTIS Publication Award 2021 and 2022 by Persatuan Saintis Muslim Malaysia, Emerging Scholar Award by Automotive and Autonomous Systems 2021, Belgium, Young Scientists Network - Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) 2021, UTM Young Research Award 2021, UTM Publication Award 2021, and UTM Highly Cited Researcher Award 2021. In 2021, he won Gold Award and Special Award (Kreso Glavac (The Republic of Croatia) at the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE2022), Gold Award dan Special Award at International Borneo Innovation, Exhibition & Competition 2022 (IBIEC2022), and, a Gold Award at New Academia Learning Innovation (NALI2022). His main research interests are (1) Polymer Engineering (Biodegradable Polymers, Biopolymers, Polymer composites, Polymer-gels) and (2) Material Engineering (Natural fiber reinforced polymer composites, Biocomposites, Cellulose materials, Nano-composites). To date he has authored or co-authored more than 431 publications (published/accepted): 188 Journals Indexed in JCR/ Scopus, 3 non-index Journal, 17 books, 104 book chapters, 78 conference proceedings/seminars, 4 research bulletins, 10 conference papers (abstract published in the book of abstract), 17 Guest Editor of Journal special issues and 10 Editor/ Co-Editor of Conference/Seminar Proceedings on green materials related subjects.


Prof. Ernst Wagner

Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) München, Germany

Ernst Wagner is professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at LMU and Munich Center of Nanoscience. Previously (1991-2001) he was Director Cancer Vaccines & Gene Therapy, Boehringer Ingelheim (first-in-world polymer-based human gene therapy trial in 1994), 1988 Junior Scientist/group leader at IMP Vienna and Medical Biochemistry Vienna Biocenter; 1985 -1987 postdoc at ETH Zurich, working on origin-of-life chemistry of sugar phosphates. He obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry, TU Vienna in 1985, is Academician of European Academy of Sciences, member of CRS College of Fellows, board member of German Society for Gene Therapy and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gene Medicine. He has authored 476 publications with > 44 444 citations on GS, h-index 105 (


Prof. Miriam Colombo

University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

My research work contributed to the recent advances of the emerging research field of nanomedicine. In 2020 I have been appointed to lead nanoformulation and nanocosmetic platform within the interdepartmental infrastructure “Nanotechnology for precision medicine and personalized beauty and Healthcare” NanoCosPha. In 2019, I was awarded with the first prize of the “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Premio Giovani Talenti dell'Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca”.

1) I developed novel nanoconstructs based on nanoparticles functionalized with peptides, monoclonal antibodies or antibody fragments, as innovative tools for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases. Moreover, in the last few years my research interest has been focused on the investigation of new nanoparticles administration routes alternative to the intravenous one, in particular oral, topical and intranasal delivery (Morelli et al. Pharmaceutics, 2019; Musazzi et al.J. Nanobiotechnol.;2017; Salvioni et al.Pharmacol. Res.,2016).

2) I contributed to the invention related to a Patent (WO2014013473-A1) describing the development of a multifunctional nanoconstruct useful for therapeutic purposes with potential in the preclinical and clinical treatment of cancer, inflammatory diseases, and neurodegenerative disorders.

3) Several high-impact publications reporting on the development of new methodologies for the synthesis, loading and bioconjugation of nanoparticles as drug delivery systems. I developed a new platform for tailoring the surface of nanoparticles. (Colombo et al. Nat. Commun.;2016).

4) I am author of 108 publications: 14 as first author and 24 as corresponding author with an IF of 34;(Scopus).

5) I have been the Principal Investigator of a My First AIRC Grant 2014 and AIRC Investigator Grant in 2022. These grant allowed me to establish and consolidate a new independent laboratory to conduct my research in nanomedical field and to develop a new targeted nanobased-tool.


Prof. Aitor Mugarza

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

Aitor Mugarza earned his PhD in Physics at the University of the Basque Country (2002). After postdoctoral stays at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, and at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), he was appointed Group Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group (2013) and ICREA Research Professor (2015) at ICN2. Active in the research of quantum electronic and magnetic phenomena at the nanoscale, he has carried out pioneering studies on electron confinement and band engineering on resonator superlattices, the manipulation of charge and spin in single molecules, or the synthesis of atomically precise graphene-based nanoarchitectures.


Dr. Petr Sittner

Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic (to be confirmed)

Petr Šittner is the head of the Department of Functional Materials at Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic since 2009 and the head of Division of Condensed Matter Physics since 2016. He graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Charles University in 1995, received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics in 1991 from Czech Academy of Sciences, worked for 5 years as Research Associate at Faculty of Engineering Mie University in Japan and, since 2000 he has been working as senior scientist at the Institute of Physics of the CAS (2012-16 as vice director).

Petr Šittner has been active in the research of martensitic transformations, shape memory alloys and smart engineering materials and composites for over 30 years, published over 250 scientific articles in impacted scientific journals, 5 patents, organized two major international conferences in the SMA field ESOMAT 2009 and SMST 2013 in Prague, served as member of the Board of directors of the SMST ASM International society and currently serves as associate editor of the journal Shape Memory and Superelasticity.

His current research in the field of martensitic transformations focuses on the investigation of deformation processes responsible activated during functional thermomechanical behavior of NiTi based shape memory alloys using thermomechanical testing supported by application of various in-situ methods such as in-situ synchrotron and neutron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, DIC and EBSD methods in SEM [1-5].

Petr Šittner has been actively involved in designing and building engineering diffractometer BEER at European spallation source currently under construction in Lund Sweden. He serves as a representative of the Czech Republic in the In Kind Review Committee of ESS.


Prof. Jun Chen

University of California, USA

Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Zhong Lin Wang. From 2016 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Yi Cui at Stanford University. His current research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and healthcare applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks. He has already published 2 books, 86 journal articles and 46 of them are as first/corresponding authors in Nat. Energy, Nat. Sustain., Nat. Commun., Joule, Matter, and many others. He also filed 10 US patents and licensed 1. Jun also received the 2015 Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, and the 2015 National Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. He is currently an Associate Editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, and on the list of the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers from the Web of Science. His current h-index is 57. For more information, please visit


Prof. Roland Fortunier

Ecole centrale de Lyon / ENISE, France

Prof. Roland Fortunier holds an engineer degree from Mines St-Etienne, and a doctoral degree from Grenoble INP, in France. After working in the nuclear and steel industries for 10 years, he becomes professor in 1995. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, which have been cited more than 2000 times, in the field of physics and mechanics of materials. His is now professor at ENISE, which is an engineering school of the Ecole centrale de Lyon. His research activity is focused on the perception engineering. Within the LTDS laboratory he develops virtual touch prototypes and emotion measurement systems.



Dr. Huanyu Cheng

Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, USA

Dr. Larry Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and Materials Research Institute (MRI) at The Pennsylvania State University. His research group focuses on the design and fabrication of biologically inspired stretchable and transient electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine, and energy. Dr. Cheng has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and his work has been recognized through the reception of several awards. He also serves as an associate editor for Computers in Biology and Medicine and reviewer for over 120 international journals


Mr. João Rodrigues

Graphenest - Advanced Nanotechnology, Portugal

João Rodrigues received his MSc degree in Micro and Nanotechnology Engineering  in 2018 from FCT NOVA (Portugal). Started as a research fellow at the International Iberian Nanotechnology (INL) working in the synthesis and characterization of 2D materials applied to optoelectronics. Since 2020 he works as a R&D Engineer at Graphenest S.A, developing emerging solutions of graphene-based materials, inks and coatings, with a major focus on electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding applications.


Prof. Tatiana Itina

French National Centre for Scientific Research, France

Prof. Tatiana E. Itina is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of laser-matter interactions and, particularly, in numerical modeling of laser ablation for numerous applications ranging from surface micro- and nanostructuring to nanoparticle synthesis, thin-film deposition, material analysis, laser-assisted plasmonic and magneto-plasmonic nanostructure formation, etc. She currently holds a CNRS research director position at the Hubert Curien Laboratory, CNRS/University Jean Monnet/University of Lyon (Saint Etienne, France), where she is also an experienced team leader. Before this, she worked at the Pennsylvania State University (USA) and at LP3 Laboratory in Marseille (France). Also, she was  invited as a researcher or a research professor to the Virginia State University (USA), Australian National University (Australia), ITMO University (Saint Petersburg, Russia), and other institutions. Prof. Itina has authored more than 100 scientific publications, took part in many international conferences, initiated numerous international collaborations, and received several awards.


Prof. Redouane Borsali

University Grenoble Alpes, France

Redouane Borsali is a CNRS research Professor at Grenoble Alpes University (CNRS-CERMAV). He is actually the Director of the PolyNat Carnot Institute (Grenoble), France and the co-director with of IRP-CNRS-UGA-NTU “green material institute” (Taipei), Taiwan.

He was elected a Member of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc) in 2022, awarded the SPSJ international award (Society Polymer Sciences, Japan) in 2021 and the Scientific Grand Prize France Taiwan–Awards Academy of Science (France) in 2018.

Before his actual position, he served as the Executive Director for International Relations Grenoble Alpes Univ, Director of CERMAV–CNRS (Grenoble) and Group Leader–(LCPO), Bordeaux University.

R. Borsali was a visiting Professor at Stanford University and visiting scientist at IBM, Almaden, CA, USA. R. He spent his Post-doc at Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. He earned his Master and PhD in polymer sciences at Louis Pasteur University at Strasbourg, France. He has more 300 publications, 4 books and 5 patents.

Prof R. Borsali’s expertise is focused during the last decade on the Self-assemblies of Carbohydrate-based block copolymers (BCP) systems with controlled architectures, leading to:

  • Nanostructured Thin films: smart surfaces, nanolithography, photovoltaic, memory transistors, HR-biosensors, Directed Self-Assembly (DSA)
  • Nanoparticles (micelles) & Polymersomes
  • Photonic crystals – colored biomaterial

Prof. K Jimmy Hsia

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

K. Jimmy Hsia is President Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He became Founding Dean of Graduate College at NTU in 2018, and started the new role as Vice President (Alumni & International Affairs) since January 2020. He received his B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, his M.S. degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics, China, and his Ph.D. from MIT. Hsia has broad research interests in interdisciplinary fields between engineering and biology. His research focuses in the area of applied mechanics including, but not limited to, material failure and fracture, soft materials and soft robotics, micro- and nanoscale mechanical behaviour of materials and micro-nano-technologies, mechanics of living cells and biological systems, biomedical device development and applications. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in top journals such as Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, etc. He has co-authored 2 books published by Springer. He has been elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He was recipient of US National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Initiation Award, Max-Planck Society Scholarship, and Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. Before joining NTU, Hsia was Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and before then was W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he also served as Associate Dean of Graduate College and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for New Initiatives. From 2005-2007, Hsia was Founding Director of Nano and Bio Mechanics Program at NSF. He is Founding co-Editor-in-Chief of an Elsevier journal, Extreme Mechanics Letters.


Prof. Maria Vittoria Diamanti

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Maria Vittoria Diamanti is associate professor at Politecnico di Milano, where she graduated cum laude and received a PhD cum laude, both in Materials Engineering. She was visiting student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at the University of Palermo during her PhD, and visiting professor at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, now part of Khalifa University, in 2012.

Her research interests explore the production of titanium dioxide, either electrochemically on titanium or by sol-gel, and the tuning of its properties for a wide range of applications, ranging from wastewaters treatment and air quality improvement to self-cleaning construction materials, memristors for electronics, and jewellery. She is also involved in research activities on the corrosion resistance of titanium, as well as of steel alloys in concrete and in chloride rich environments. She has authored more than 130 works, including 8 book chapters, and co-edited 2 books.


Prof. Charafeddine Jama

Centrale Lille, France

Charafeddine Jama is now professor at the Umet Laboratory, National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille (ENSCL), France. Prof. Jama research focus on Materials Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Biofilms and Cold Plasma chemistry Chemistry. Recent publications concern biofilms, corrosion and cold plasma processes.


Prof. Antonio Gloria

University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Antonio Gloria is Professor of Design and Methods of Industrial Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II. He is also Professor of “Bio-Inspired Generative Design for Additive Manufacturing”.

Since 2011 he is Visiting Professor at the CDRSP - Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal. He was a Senior Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy (Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials).

Antonio Gloria is a member of the Italian Association of Design Methods and Tools for Industrial Engineering. In 2016 he was appointed as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer International Joint Laboratory IDEAS – University of Naples Federico II and member of The Royal Society (UK) - International Exchanges Committee in January 2020.

Antonio Gloria was awarded and appointed as “Future Leader” in Science and Technology (“Dialogue between Nobel Laureates and Future Leaders”, STS forum – October 2015, Kyoto, Japan). He is a member of international scientific committees and chaired technical sessions in seminars, conferences and workshops. He is currently author of international papers, book chapters, communications/contributions in international and national conferences. He is also reviewer and Editorial Board Member of international scientific journals.


Prof. Simon M. Humphrey

The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Simon M. Humphrey is W. H. Wade Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.  He received a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and was a research fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  His group works in the field of MOF chemistry with a specific focus on the use of organophosphines and related heavier chalcogen-based building blocks, and in the synthesis of classically immiscible nanoalloys for applications in heterogeneous catalysis.


Prof. Martin Lisal

Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals- Prague, Czech Rep

Martin Lísal is a principal scientist at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague where he is a head of Research Group of Molecular and Mesoscopic Modelling. Martin Lísal is also a professor in Applied Physics at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. Martin Lísal studied Thermodynamics and Applied Mechanics at the Czech Technical University in Prague from which he obtained his PhD in 1992. Martin Lísal then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Keio University in Yokohama on molecular modelling of the thermodynamic properties for alternative refrigerants with prof. Watanabe and prof. Sato. After that, he became a research associate at North Caroline State University in Raleigh working with prof. Gubbins and prof. Hall on coarse-grain modelling of surfactant micellization in supercritical carbon dioxide. Martin Lísal’s research interests involve coarse-grain modelling of energetic materials, including reactivity, mesoscopic modelling of self-assembly in polymeric systems, and molecular modeling of fluid adsorption, diffusion and transport in nanoconfinement.